President Donald Trump to make campaign stop in Minnesota next week

It's the fourth time a sitting president has visited the Mankato area.
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President Donald Trump is making a campaign stop in Minnesota on Monday afternoon, his campaign announced Friday

Trump will visit North Star Aviation in Mankato at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, where he's expected to talk about former Vice President and challenger Joe Biden. Specifically, the announcement says he'll "deliver remarks on Joe Biden's failures on jobs and the economy." 

The visit coincides with the Democratic National Convention, which is being held Aug. 17-20. 

The president was last in Minnesota in October 2019, when he held a rally at Target Center in Minneapolis. 

His stop in Mankato will be the fourth time a sitting president has visited the area. President George W. Bush visited in 2004, Harry Truman did in 1948 and President William Howard Taft came in 1911, the Mankato Free Press reports

Following news that the president will pay a visit to Minnesota, the Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said Trump's visit is "nothing more than a desperate publicity stunt and a distraction."

Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon, Minnesota DFL leaders, including U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, state Rep. Jennifer Schultz and state Sen. Kent Eken, will hold a press call after Trump's threats to Social Security, which have included eliminating the tax that funds Social Security and Medicare. 

Democrats nationwide have also been criticizing Trump for saying he opposes much-needed funding for the U.S. Postal Service because he doesn't want it to be used for mail-in voting, CNN reports. Trump has falsely claimed mail-in voting leads to voter fraud, but despite that rhetoric, he requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the Florida primary, the Palm Beach Post said.

Trump lost Minnesota in 2016 by a margin of 1.5 percent to Hillary Clinton, and has set it as one of his pickup targets in 2020. Democrats have carried Minnesota in every presidential race since 1976.

A poll by Emerson College pegged the president as being 3 points behind Biden in Minnesota, within the margin of error, though other recent polls – including one by Fox News – gave Biden a much larger lead.

After stopping in Mankato, Trump will head to Basler Flight Service in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for a 4:30 p.m. stop where he'll discuss the same topic. Then he's off to Joe Foss Hangar in Yuma, Arizona, for a 1 p.m. visit on Tuesday. There, he's expected to talk about Biden again. 

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